Object or Purpose of this legislative Instrument:
To protect Queensland's environment while allowing for development that improves the total quality of life, both now and in the future, in a way that maintains the ecological processes on which life depends.
Scope of this legislative Instrument:
The Act applies to all persons. It imposes a general environmental duty where a person must not carry out any activity that causes, or is likely to cause, environmental harm unless the person takes all reasonable and practicable measures to prevent or minimise the harm. It also imposes a duty on a person carrying out an activity to notify the administering authority of any serious or material environmental harm caused or threatened by carrying out the activity, unless it is authorised.
The Act requires a person conducting any environmentally relevant activity (ERA) to hold a registration certificate for the ERA. There must also be a development approval for the activity, unless it is self-assessable development that is able to operate under a code of environmental compliance. The person must comply with the conditions of the development approval and/or code.
The Act also provides for the creation of regulations and environmental protection policies that are binding on all persons.
The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:
- Environmental Protection Regulation 2008
- Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000
- Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008
- Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009
- Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008